First Baptist Church
Early Learning Center
The First Baptist Church Early Learning Center is a ministry of our church. For almost 60 years, our early education program has served families in Martinsville and Henry County with affordable and loving childcare and education for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years, along with before- and after-school care and summer care.
Our primary mission is to offer parents an affordable, safe, and secure Christian environment to learn and grow. We currently have 73 children enrolled in our program.
In conjunction with the mission of First Baptist Church, the Early Learning Center faculty and staff offer children and parents an affordable, safe, and secure environment in a Christian setting, with age-appropriate curriculum.
We are a member of the Virginia Quality program, which provides training and support for
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Join us for our Christmas Pageant with our ELC children Thursday, December 19th at 7:00PM in the Sanctuary, a reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall.
Join FBC for a night of fun and candy this Halloween!
The FBC Early Learning Center is open to any child, regardless of sex, race, religion, or national origin. The Center offers care and education for various age groups, including year-round education, before- and after-school care, and summer care. See below for more information on the program’s available classes.
How Preschool Can Help Your Child
Preschool provides a supportive environment through which your child can…
- adjust to his or her first separation from home
- develop a positive attitude toward school
- develop a positive self-concept
learn in the style best suited to his or her age – experimentation, exploration, etc.
- learn to function as a member of a group as well as an individual
- learn those concepts which must precede formal instruction in kindergarten
Early Learning & Care
6:30AM to 5:30PM
After-School Care 3:00-5:
Summer Learning & Care
- Nursery – Babies 6 weeks to 14 months
- Toddler – Ages 14 months to 24 months
- Twos – Ages 2 years to 3 years
- Threes – Ages 2.5 to 3 years
- Preschool – Ages 3.5 to 5 years
Our Early Learning Center includes spiritual education and technological and literary education as well.
For all children age 2.5 years to 5 years, our Pastor holds chapel each Monday morning to learn about Scripture and God’s love. Once monthly, the Pastor all visits the afterschool program to offer a Bible story lesson.
If you would like to enroll your child in our program, you may download and print the application below and send the application and a $30 application fee to:
First Baptist Church Early Learning Center
23 Starling Ave.
Martinsville, VA 24112
Applications are accepted year-round for year-round care. Once your application is received, someone will be in contact with you. Please note that spaces do fill up quickly.
When the Center is full, new applicants are placed on a waiting list until
Applications are taken on a first come, first served basis.
For Summer care, applications are received in the Spring.
There is an enrollment packet of papers that need to be filled out and returned, including health forms, which will be provided to you by the FBC ELC Office.
Monthly Tuition is paid by the 5th of each month. Weekly tuition is paid Monday of each week.
You will be notified in advance of any needed raise in tuition.
Facilities and Designation
First Baptist Church Early Learning Center is a religiously-exempt center that follows guidelines put forth by the State of Virginia. Our class sizes are limited in enrollment based on
The facilities include six classrooms (newly renovated!), an outdoor, enclosed play area with regulation 5-inch foam covering on the floor, an indoor, enclosed play area (newly renovated!), and a kitchen and cafeteria for meals.
All staff personnel
PUBLIC DISCLOSURE STATEMENT
The Code of Virginia, Section 63.2-1716, allows child day centers operated by religious institutions the opportunity to file for an exemption from licensure by meeting documentation and other requirements specified within the religious exemption law. The statements below have been prepared and distributed to meet the requirements of the religious exemption law.
In compliance with the Code of Virginia, Section 6.2- 1716, this center is religiously exempt from licensure and is classified as a “religiously exempt day center.”
Our staff consists of 6 Lead Teachers and 14 Assistant Teachers. Our Lead Teachers are well-trained in Early Childhood Education, all with 12 or more hours of training, and at least half with Early Childhood Education Certificates or higher. All Assistant Teachers are trained by seasoned Center staff members.
Assistant Teacher, Toddlers
Lead Teacher, Toddlers
After School Teacher
Lead Teacher, Infants
Lead Teacher, Pre-K 3
Leigh Ann Keith
Lead Teacher, Pre-K 4
Assistant Teacher, Pre-K 3
Assistant Teacher, Two-Year-Olds
Best of Virginia
In 2018, our Center was voted the top daycare/preschool of the Southwest region in the Best of Virginia contest of Virginia Living Magazine.
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Early Learning Center
Use the form below to register your child.